New £18m Bradford Sports Centre 'On Track' For 2019 Opening

The development is part of a £28 million shake-up of the council’s leisure facilities that will see new sports centres built at Sedbergh and Squire Lane in Toller.

Work to build a major new leisure centre in Bradford is on track, with the shell of the huge structure now erected.

The Sedbergh Sports Centre is due to open in September, and is currently being built on the former Sedbergh playing fields site between Cleckheaton Road and Huddersfield Road.

The facility, which will include swimming pools, gym space, indoor sports courts and outdoor pitches, will replace the Richard Dunn Sports Centre.

The Richard Dunn site will close when Sedbergh opens, and the land will be sold to developers.

There are currently between 70 and 90 people working on the site on a day-to-day basis to make sure the leisure centre is completed on time. So far the £17.5 million project is on time and on budget.

The facility will include a two pools, a 25-metre, six-lane swimming pool and an activity pool with moveable floor that will allow the depth of the pool to be altered for different groups, from toddlers to the elderly.

An eight-court sports hall will be based on the ground floor, while an 80-station fitness suite will be built on a mezzanine level. The development also includes two activity studios, and outdoor pitches for football and rugby built on the site.

Councillor Sarah Ferriby, portfolio holder for Environment, Sport and Culture at Bradford Council, said: “We are delighted by the progress that is being made on the new facility at Sedbergh.

“In addition to delivering a fantastic new building for the community, the way in which local schools, residents and business are being engaged with the project is very encouraging.

“Having visited the site I am pleased to hear that the development is progressing on time and the coming months should prove to be very exciting times as this exciting new building nears completion.”

The project is using a number of local suppliers and contractors, with 85 per cent of the labour being sourced locally.

The development is part of a £28 million shake-up of the council’s leisure facilities that will see new sports centres built at Sedbergh and Squire Lane in Toller.

However, the plans will see the council close Bingley Swimming Pool and Queensbury Pool.

Bradford Council has started marketing the Richard Dunn site, and councillors have been assured that it will not be shut until Sedbergh is open.

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